Expert Group and Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services

Categoría: Publicaciones Publicado: Jueves, 06 Agosto 2015

Report Valuation FES ForestEurope Página 01As part of the future FOREST EUROPE strategy, ministers agreed in Oslo Ministerial Conference 2011 on a common vision, strategic goals, and European 2020 Targets on forests. In follow up the part of the strategy that stresses the importance of the full range of forest goods and services, FOREST EUROPE is to consider a common approaches to valuation of forest ecosystem services and promote its use, with the aim of raising awareness of the contributions to societies of multiple forest functions, to serve informed decision making and to assess achievements against the 2020 targets. Within the framework of its Working Programme, FOREST EUROPE’s ultimate objective is to offer pan-
European policy makers and users a “menu” of options to implement the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services.

To fulfil this activity an Expert Group was establish and worked from 2012 to 2014 with the aim to give recommendations to policy makers on the pan-European approaches to valuation of forest ecosystem services and means to facilitate its implementation, bearing in mind that there can be a range of different possibilities. A Workshop was also planned to contribute to the same purpose.

At the kick-off meeting of the Expert Group three subworking groups were foreseen to deal with the three identified tasks of the Expert Group. These three subworking groups, who worked basically online, focused on:

• Identification of forest ecosystem services at the pan-European level
• Toolbox with valuation of FES approaches to the pan-European region
• Means to facilitate implementation

To consolidate the proposals and identify effective priorities and measures to promote the use of FES, a Workshop was established and held in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, 24-25 September 2014. Delegates from Albania, Finland, Italy, Norway, Republic of Serbia, Spain and United Kingdom shared with the workshop attendees a wide variety of projects on VFES carried out in their respective countries. Experiences developed at a regional level were also presented by representatives of the European Commission and the Joint Research Centre, the European Forest Institute, and the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

This report, oriented to a broader audience mainly consisting on decision makers and stakeholders in the field of forest resource assessment, takes onboard the work and expertise that was displayed and shared among the participants in both the scopes of the Working Group and the Workshop. And it benefits from the knowledge the experts provided voluntarily and free to Forest Europe. Their contribution is highly estimated.

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